Laura McConkey

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Laura McConkey
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This checklist includes the 14 measures of the KIDS assessment required in Illinois. There are 1-2 measures listed per page in simplified language, with an oval beneath each developmental level large enough for tally marks. Under each measure is
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Sharing a room with an art teacher, I wanted some posters to match her Elements of Art set, so I made these. They are sized to print on legal-sized paper in color. Included: Steady Beat, Melody, Harmony, Tone Color, Rhythm, Dynamics, and Tempo.
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Afraid you can't get your upper elementary students to listen to classical music? Sure they won't like it? Give me three class periods to bust that myth! Students learn the language of the arts first hand as they experience Mussourgsky's
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3-6 lesson unit on Vivaldi and The Four Seasons. Includes PowerPoint with notes to explore Vivaldi's life, Venice, and the Baroque period; also includes fully researched, brief biography. Student packet includes review notes page on above,
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A one-page worksheet reviewing the teen numbers, with number bonds created out of laying chickens and eggs. Add to your spring chick unit in kindergarten, or any other time you need a quick, fun review!
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A complete student-directed book club plan, aligned to Common Core standards for fourth grade. Plan includes thick discussion questions, vocabulary work, and graphic organizers to cover plot, setting, inference, characterization, narrative and
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With the advent of the C3 Framework for social sciences, inquiry is the new "best practice" teaching approach is Inquiry! Whether you're new to this style, or already a pro, this unit will get your class off in the right direction. The lesson begins
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Need a compact, efficient method of running musical auditions and recording audition notes? This has been honed over time by a team of highly trained musical theater directors/teachers, and is a flexible enough system for you to be able to tweak
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The Percussion Sounds Scavenger Hunt is a creative activity to either introduce your primary-level music students to small percussion instruments, or assess their knowledge. It incorporates group dynamics and a hands-on, exploratory approach to
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This is a one- or two-lesson review of basic rhythm notation using the slogans of the Burma-Shave company. Included in the package are the lesson plan, PowerPoint presentation for guided practice, color slogan cards, and a student worksheet. The
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Additional materials for the Pictures at an Exhibition unit. Includes a review page for whole-class preparation for the assessment, assessment, and PowerPoint to use along with the assessment. This piece is now included with the Pictures at an
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A quick, easy math center idea for primary students which requires little set-up or explanation. On each card is a number, 11-20, and sections for different types of practice with the number. "Find It" is a spot for the students to find objects
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Do you have students who won't write? Would you love to have a proven, engaging method to get even the most reluctant writers putting creative ideas across multiple pages? Or do you have gifted writers who would benefit from the challenge of a
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I'm currently an elementary music teacher in the far western suburbs of Chicago. I have also taught elementary classroom, middle school music, gifted education and other subjects at public, private and classical schools over the past 24 years. I am constantly reflecting on my practice to keep my instruction innovative and fresh!

MY TEACHING STYLE

I like my students to be excited, engaged and encouraged. My classroom is rarely silent; I prefer that the students be up and moving, working with each other productively, and as much as possible engaging in authentic learning experiences. I am a motivator and champion for each of my students, helping them to find their gifts and make the most of them!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I graduated Cum Laude with Honors from Illinois State University, and have never received less than an excellent teaching evaluation. I have done graduate work in gifted ed, dyslexia, and middle school education.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BS in Ed (Elementary Classroom) from ISU Grad work in gifted ed, dyslexia, middle school ed (ISU, NIU, U California Hayward, Benedictine U) and a variety of courses in Common Core, PLC's and Charlotte Danielson

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

My two children are 19 and 22. My daughter recently graduated from Aurora University with a degree in Psychology, and my son is in Sports Communications at Bradley University. Although my daughter is dyslexic, she and my son both graduated high school with honors. I am passionate about letting people know that dyslexia is not a disability but a brain difference found in many of the world's most gifted people!

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